When we talk about ancient history, more than facts we encounter stories that are either myths or purely mysterious. Such myths also exist in India, a country rich in culture and diversity. It’s full of norms, beliefs, rituals, and yet mysteries. While some of history’s most famous myth are not the same as we suppose, there lay others that are left untouched. And the lack of answers only makes these enigmas even more intriguing. Here are some of the most mysterious places all around India.
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The mysteries that defy all conventions of science and nature
Tanot Mata Temple:
Established in the eighth century, Tanot is a village near the Indo-Pak border in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. The devotees believe that Tannot Mata is an incarnation of divine goddess Hinglaj Mata who later takes the shape Karni Mata. The mystery is associated with two miraculous encounters of the Indian Army with the Tanot temple. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Pakistan dropped around 3000 bombs in the vicinity of the temple, however, none exploded. In 1971 war of India- Pakistan, Pakistan once again dropped bombs over the temple, yet this time too they failed to explode. They were stuck in the sand and the Indian Air Force easily picked them out and bombed them where they stood.
One can see the bombs in a Museum built by BSF inside the temple premises. The Indian soldiers who were certain of martyrdom, in fact, went on being victorious and since then the temple is associated with tremendous belief even among the Indian army, and the temple till date is managed by the BSF soldiers.
The Mini Desert of Talakad:
A desert in a heavily forested Karnataka! As mysterious as it sounds, the mini desert of Talakad, isn’t just a mystery of Karnataka but in fact the nature. Adding more mystery the desert is situated near the banks of River Kaveri. Talakad in itself is a cluster of 30 temples out of which 5 are Lingams representing the 5 faces of Lord Shiva. These temples are believed to be buried under the sand dunes.
Legend has it that once a devotee of Lord Shiva, Allemelamma, cursed the temple, “May Talakadu be filled with sand, let Malangi become a whirlpool and Mysore Kings shall not have children”. And since then the place is deserted. If you are planning a visit to Karanataka, make sure you have Talakad included in your checklist!
The Eternal Flames of Jwala Ji Temple:
The Jwala Ji temple is located in the Jawalamukhi town of Himachal Pradesh. But instead of worshipping an idol, the temple is dedicated to a burning fire! Yes, the temple does not contain an idol or photo of a deity, in fact, people worship a burning flame inside the temple which is believed to be constantly burning since the first day it was discovered beneath the rocks. Such flames are burning in several parts of the temple. Nobody could ever extinguish those flames including the Mughal Emperor Akbar who tried everything from water to iron to extinguish the fire.
Scientifically, no reservoir of natural gas has been found beneath the fire to make it burn throughout. However, scientists believe that there must be a sleeping volcano deep beneath the temple from where the natural gas coming out is burning these flames.
Though devotes believe otherwise. According to the legend, Sati the wife of Lord Shiva and daughter of Lord Brahma immolated herself after her father insulted her husband. In agony Lord Shiva performed the Tandav dance with Sati’s body over his shoulder. During the dance, the goddess’s body fell apart and fell at several places on the earth with her tongue in the Jawalamukhi town. People believe it is her tongue that can be seen in the form of fire.
The Skeleton Lake:
Every year as the ice melts in Roopkund, Uttarakhand, a glacial lake located at an elevation of 16,500 feet; hundreds of human skeletons are seen floating. Rediscovered in the year 1942 by a forest ranger, the skeletons in the Roopkund Lake have since then been shrouded in deep mystery. With the help of forensics and radiocarbon tests, researchers believe that the corpses are around 1,200 years old!
Who were these people is still not known but many people believe that skeletons belong to the people of King Jasdhawal of Kanauj, his pregnant wife, and hundreds of servants, who were headed to the Nanda Devi shrine on a pilgrimage. However, before they could reach their destination, they were caught in a terrible storm and with hailstones of size same as cricket balls manage to perish the whole group near the lake.
Aleya Ghost Lights of West Bengal:
West Bengal has its share of haunted places in India including the Aleya ghost lights. These flickering colorful lights can be observed at a distance in the marshes of West Bengal. These lights pose a huge threat to the fishermen of the marshes area of West Bengal and Bangladesh. They are often confused in the night and lose their way by which several ends up dying, especially those who follow these lights of Aleya. The local community believes that these lights are the souls of dead people who lost their lives while fishing.
While people term them as paranormal or haunted, scientists believe that these lights are caused by the ionization of methane over the marshes. Aleya ghost lights are not a new phenomenon and had been seen in various places all over the world.
Rameshwaram’s Floating Stones:
Famous for its Ramanathaswamy Temple and divine beauty, Rameshwaram is a paradise for nature fanatics. Locked with beautiful beaches and artistic temples, the town has its share in making India- incredible. However, the town has an equally important share in Hindu mythology as well. According to Ramayana, Rameshwaram was the place from where Lord Ram went to Lanka on floating stones. Remember? The Vanara Sena of Lord Ram built a bridge to Lanka using stones encrypted with Ram that kept floating over the water and made way for the army.
How cool would it be, if some remnants of the tale still survive? Well, Rameshwaram is all in for it, these floating stones are still there in parts and it can be seen between India and Sri Lanka. Scientists, however, discards the tale yet they too are unable to explain as to what makes these stones float on water. And thus paving way for the believers to accept the legend.